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33 sweet Mother's Day gifts for the sister who deserves it all

These picks are perfect for the sister who is a mom — or just acts like one.
Kara Birnbaum/ TODAY

Mother's Day isn't just for celebrating the person you call Mom. It's the perfect opportunity to show all the women in your life some love.

My sister is the primary mother figure in my life. And even though she's just two years older than me, she's always there to give me motherly advice and an occasional (much-needed) dose of tough love. While she's not an actual mom, every Mother's Day I like to let her know just how much I appreciate everything she's done for me through the years. And there's no better way to do that than by surprising her with a gift that I know she'll love.

Whether your sister fills that motherly role in your life, is an actual mom herself or simply likes to act like your second mom, here are some unique gifts to get her this Mother's Day.

Mother's Day gifts for sisters

Opalhouse Stoneware Family Planter

Your sister wears many hats. But if "plant mom" is one of them, she's sure to appreciate this unique planter. Available in three sizes and just as many color options, she'll love showing off her green thumb with this eclectic pot.

Threshold Stoneware You're Doing Great Mug

She'll start every day with a smile on her face, thanks to this sweet mug which will remind her to "squeeze the day" each time she sips her morning coffee.

"Sisters First," by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush

If you thought you and your sister had a rambunctious childhood, imagine what it was like for the twin daughters of a former president growing up in the White House. The Bush sisters dive into what it was like dating, making friends and going through their most awkward phases all under the nation's most famous roof.

"Both authors are incredible storytellers, and they really go in depth into their private “archives” and reveal a lot more than I would have expected," said one reviewer.

Olive and June Groovy Swirl Press-On Nails

If your sister doesn't have time for frequent manicures but loves nail art, gift her this summery set of press-on nails so she can have her nails "done" in no time.

Letters to My Sister

With a dozen prompts to fill out and deliver either all at once or whenever the situation presents itself, these 'open when' letters provide an opportunity to travel down memory lane and share how much she means to you.

Sister Tell Me Your Life Story: A Guided Journal Filled With Questions For Sisters To Answer For Their Siblings

You may think you already know absolutely everything about your sister, but you'd be surprised by all the fun stories that you haven't heard yet. This journal is filled with prompts about everything from childhood memories to hopes and dreams to bring you closer than ever. Gift one to her and get one for yourself, so you both can fill one out and swap when you're finished. That way, you'll each have a special book that's all about your favorite person.

Smith & Hawken 6" Ceramic Birdhouse

If your sister has an outdoor space, gift her this adorable birdhouse that is, dare we say, chic?

Mydethun Moon Lamp

Moon lamps, like this one, went viral on TikTok, and the unique decor piece will make the perfect gift for your sister. It's 3D-printed to match the texture of the moon, with curves and divots on the exterior, and she can adjust both the brightness and colors on the lamp to create the ideal atmosphere for reading or lounging.

The Five Minute Journal: A Happier You in 5 Minutes a Day

When I asked my sister what she wanted for Mother's Day this year, this was the first thing on her list. Each page features five-minute prompts, so she can start each day on a positive note, reflecting on the things she is grateful for and creating daily affirmations. Then she can return to the journal at the end of the day to jot down all of her favorite moments.

Burt's Bees Classics Gift Set

Pamper her with this gift set. It features six Burt's Bees classics, including the nourishing Hand Repair Cream, Beeswax Lip Balm, Coconut Foot Creme and more, to help her tackle dryness from head to toe.

Safrisior Oversized Houndstooth Knitted Vest

You and your sister rocked the sweater vest trend back when it was a fashion staple in the '90s, so she'll definitely get a kick out of the fact that it's made its way back into the mainstream. You can remind her of all the fun you had styling the statement piece the first time around, by gifting her this modern option. (And when her daughters are old enough, she can pass it on.)

Berradas Endless Friendship Necklace

The best thing about having a sister? You have a built-in BFF. And what better way to celebrate your friendship than with matching jewelry? Unlike the friendship bracelets you had as kids, these chic, half-circle necklaces are a subtle way to symbolize your bond.

BaubleBar Customized Pisa Bracelet

Add a little pop of color to her everyday jewelry lineup with this customizable bracelet that you can personalize with her name, 'mom' or 'sister.' BaubleBar is also offering 20% off right now, with the code BB20.

Create Your Own Reel Viewer

Make reminiscing on good times an interactive experience with this reel viewer you can fill with your favorite photos from over the years. The viewer itself comes in four different colors, and you can order codes for additional reels for less than $15.

Homesick "Evening Unwind'' Candle

There's nothing more relaxing after a day of being chauffeur, home chef and schedule extraordinaire, than lighting a candle and cozying up with her favorite book or TV show. This 'evening unwind' candle features scents of lavender and green tea leaves, sure to help her wind down after a busy day.

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer Hot Air Brush

Your beauty-loving sister has likely had this bestselling hair tool from Revlon on her wish list for a while, so this gift is sure to make her day. One Shop TODAY writer called the dryer and volumizer her "favorite beauty tool," thanks to how easy to use and effective it is. The 2-in-1 design allows you to dry, volumize and style your hair all at once, while keeping frizz and flyaways to a minimum — a time-saver every mom needs.

ILEX Studio Acorn Vase

She can grow an oakling out of a humble acorn with this modern vase — and since it's glass, she can watch the roots form and the leaves begin to sprout.

The Sill Hoya Kerrii Plant

How cute is this little heart-shaped plant? It's a perfect gift for the sister who might not have the greenest thumb but still appreciates plants — it only needs to be watered once every two to three weeks!

Haus The Sampler Kit

This apéritif kit will make a great addition to your cocktail-loving sis's bar cart. Haus is known for its fresh and flavorful beverages, and you can create your own four-bottle kit for her by mixing and matching flavors, like Spiced Cherry, Ginger Yuzu or Grapefruit Jalapeño.

Bala Bangles

Help her reach her fitness goals with these stylish weighted bangles. They can be worn for walks, workouts or even while doing chores, to add little extra resistance to the activity. Plus, they're super comfortable and won't slip around, so she'll barely even notice that she's wearing them.

Swatch Greenbelle Watch

For the woman who needs to remember when school pick-up, doctor appointments and scout meetings are, help her with just one glance at this silicone, waterproof watch from Swatch.

Swarovski Melt Your Heart Women's Earring

Tell your sister how much you love her with these heart-shaped key earrings from Swarovski. For less than the retail price, you can give her unique jewelry she will use for all her special events.

UrbanStems The Pink Champagne

When you're running out of ideas, share your fond feelings with flowers! This pink bouquet from UrbanStems is the perfect gift to brighten up her day. This one comes with blush-toned roses and pink snapdragons to illuminate her home.

Ellen Merchant Pickleball Set

Pickleball has grown hugely in popularity in the past couple of years, so chances are your sister knows how to play or maybe wants to learn! If so, get her this pretty set and then take her to go play.

In Good Taste California Wine Mixer

If your sister loves wine, gift her the experience of an at-home tasting with a flight from In Good Taste. They offer four different sets, but this collection of California wines is a fan favorite and has sold out five times, according to the brand.

Abbott Lyon Initial Bracelet

She'll love the beautiful simplicity of this initial bracelet that will complement any outfit. Plus, you can personalize it even further by adding a droplet with her birthstone.

1-800Flowers Girls Night In Rosé Gift Basket

Overdue for some quality time together? This gift basket is an invitation for a movie night.

Dash Deluxe Electric Air Fryer + Oven Cooker

She can make healthier versions of all of her favorite fried foods, from fries to mozzarella sticks, with this air fryer. It has a large six-quart basket, so she can make enough to feed her family or friends. Plus, the air fryer basket can be thrown in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.

Summersalt The Sidestroke

Heading on a family trip soon? Upgrading her bathing suit collection with this bestseller from Summersalt. The one-piece swimsuit offers superior compression and a flattering figure. Customers gave this suit a five-star rating for its good coverage and lightweight material.

UrbanStems The Me Time

UrbanStems is known for its beautiful flower arrangements, but they also have plenty of gift boxes that will make your sister's day. This one is filled with stress-relieving essentials to help her get in some much-needed "me time." It includes an air plant, a candle and matches, a rose quartz facial roller and a package of mini chocolates.

Madewell Simple Body Crossbar

If you want to splurge a little on your sis, opt for this true leather crossbody bag that can hold her essentials plus a couple of extras too. "It's the perfect size to carry essentials, the strap is comfortable to wear across my chest or on my shoulder," said one reviewer, who loves to remove the strap and carry it as a clutch from time to time as well.

Uncommon Goods Personalized Family Recipe Board

Remind your sister of your mom's favorite recipe with this cutting board. All you need is the recipe card and it will be etched in your mom's handwriting. It's a unique personalized gift she'll cherish for years and a great way to bring back childhood memories — right at the table!

Brooklinen Checkered Robe

Everyone deserves a cozy robe for post-shower routines, getting ready to go out on the town or just lounging. We especially like this stylish checkered robe as it's super plush but not too hot. Plus, it's the perfect length for warmer months.